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Browser Plug-ins Now Available for Major Science Search Engines

Deep Web Technologies has developed OpenSearch browser plug-ins for one-click searching of the major scientific information portals, including,,,,, and Users can easily add any of these portals to their browser's search engine box by going to and clicking on a portal to automatically add it to their search box. Typically, the browser search box is located in the upper-right corner and users can specify what search engine they would like to search from a drop-down box adjacent to this search box.

OpenSearch is a collection of simple formats for sharing search results. Created by, an company, the OpenSearch format is now in use by hundreds of search engines and search applications around the internet. Deep Web Technologies utilizes the OpenSearch format for each of their target search portals, bringing Web 2.0 accessibility to the most important science search portals available. 

Of the six OpenSearch plug-ins created, five are to federated search applications developed by Deep Web Technologies that search some of the best deep web science content available. Federated search performs real-time, parallel searches of multiple information sources, merging the results into one page. Freely searchable value-added content is available through federated search engines surfacing it to a variety of users, who might otherwise not be aware of its existence. Federated search is an information discovery tool that enables the rapid and cost-effective integration of multiple, valuable information sources into one web-portal without significant expense or effort on the part of content owners.

Deep Web Technologies plans on expanding its current scientific and technical plug-ins as well as creating plug-ins in more subjects. To learn more about Deep Web Technologies and its Explorit Research Accelerator federated search product, visit

Source: Deep Web Technologies

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